Last Updated on: 18th February 2024, 04:27 pm

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Santorini 6-Hour Private Sightseeing Tour

  • Hotel or cruise port pick-up and drop-off
  • See the Blue Dome church in Firostefani, Ancient Akrotiri archaeological site, Oia & more
  • Private driver and guide, air-conditioned vehicle
  • Visit to Santo Winery (optional)
  • Duration: 6 hours
  • ⭐️Rating: 5 out of 5 stars (182 reviews)

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Have you planeed to visit Santorini in May?


May is probably the perfect time to explore Santorini, to discover all of its nooks and crannies, and to take amazing photos of Caldera sunsets.

Do you like walking? The Fira to Oia hike in the month of May is a real pleasure, even through most of it unfolds in full sun, with barely any shadow.

Spring is the season that dresses up Santorini in colorful blossoms that make such prefect Instagram photo spots!

Here’s a list of the best things to do in Santorini in May. Feel free to copy this list exactly or to adjust it to suit your preferences.

oia orange flowers door

Enjoy Exploring Santorini without Sweating

May offers the perfect temperature-humidity mix, with nice, warm days and cool evenings.

Daytime temperatures roam around 73°F (23°C).

At 18-19 °C (65.3°F) the sea temperature is still cold, but there would be people bathing into the sea at Perissa, Perivolos of Kamari beaches.

There’s barely any rainfall in Santorini in May (three days, on average, for the entire month), so you don’t have to worry about not being able to explore the island as planned.

May is out of the peak season, so you won’t find the July – August crowds on the island.

Pack layers of light clothing and bring a jacket to keep you warm in the evening.

Take Photos of Wildflowers around the Caldera

The last month of spring brings amazing photo opportunities across the volcanic island landscape.

Bougainvillea and colorful wild flowers make such as lovely contrast to the Skaros Rock, for instance, that you’ll feel the urge to take hundreds of photos from all angles.

Enjoy this blossoming scenery as you hike along the footpaths connecting the different villages and towns on the island.

oia windmills sunset

Get a Flying Dress Photo Shoot

May is on the verge of the peak season. Even though the island is bustling with visitors, you can still find tranquil places to enjoy your flying dress photo shoot and to create unforgettable memories.

Click the following link to read my article about organizing a flying dress photo shoot, then make your choice and book your date early.

The Prehistoric Museum, Afroessa Winery, Santo Winery and all of the beaches in Santorini remain uncrowded until late May or June.

If you’re used to taking cold showers, you’ll probably be able to enjoy swimming in the sea, particularly in the afternoon hours, when the sun shines and the sea is warmer than early in the morning.

santorini oia views

Enjoy Caldera View Hotels for Cheaper

There’s good availability for hotels and villas in Santorini in May.

With many hotels, villas and Airbnbs sitting empty still, great deals can be scored resulting in huge savings.

Luxury stays with sunset caldera views are often up to 50% cheaper compared to peak summer rates.

Budget rooms, studios and apartments cluster, especially around Fira, offer great value this time of year too.

Most of the resort amenities like multiple pools and restaurants will probably be open to welcome guests by mid-May.

Santorini Open Air Cinema

Located on a hillside in Kamari village, the summer Open Air Cinema launches each year in April much to the delight of visitors and locals alike.

From old black & white Greek films to international blockbusters and documentaries, open-air movie screenings under the stars make for a magical Santorini experience.

Enjoy fresh popcorn and drinks from the onsite cafe as you relax into beanbag chairs and cushions spread over three terraced levels.

Shows run nightly after sundown with tickets costing around €8-10.

Go on a Wine Tasting Tour

Wine tasting in Santorini is a great idea all year round. May, however, is the perfect month to try it, as wineries would have fewer guests for this type of event.

Grape vines awakening from winter dormancy begin sprouting tender foliage through the volcanic soil while spring showers nourish the developing fruit.

Sample fresh, young vintages at places like Gavalas Winery, Boutari and Halaris Winery without fighting swarms of summertime tourists.

Most wineries remain uncrowded until cruise ship passengers descend in May. If you come to Santorini on a regular trip, make sure to check the dates when cruise ships arrive, in order to avoid booking your wine tasting on those dates.

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Perissa black sand beach & Mesa Vouno mountain

Snorkeling & Watersports

Beach clubs start rolling out their lounge chairs and umbrellas while retaining a tranquil atmosphere.

Thrill seekers can also take advantage of lower prices on watersports like jet skiing, stand up paddle boarding, scuba trips and more.

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We did the hike from Fira to Oia and returned to Fira by bus after sunset in Oia

Hiking & Sightseeing

Crisp spring air coupled with moderate temperatures creates the best conditions for exploring Santorini’s scenic hiking trails and stunning panorama viewpoints.

Walk along the cliffside between Fira and Oia, summit the highest peak at Profitis Ilias, meander down to the ruins of Ancient Thira or navigate the rocky lunar-like landscape surrounding the dormant volcano.

With fewer tourists clogging up the footpaths and attractions in April, you can properly immerse yourself in the island’s raw natural beauty and ancient history without disruptions.

Taste the Best of Santorini’s Cuisine

In May, island restaurants and tavernas offer plenty of fresh seafood, authentic Greek specialties, and local wines all without peak season prices.

Watch boats haul in the early season catch like bream, red mullet, and calamari bound for kitchens across Santorini.

Produce like artichokes, fava beans, wild greens, and spring lamb also flood menus for budget-friendly classic dishes.

Enjoy authentic dining experiences minus the long wait times or reservations needed in the coming months. Check out family-run tavernas in smaller villages, in order to taste the best specialties.